The special challenge of the current show at Gallery North in Edmonds is to “go small.”
The maximum size of entries is 154 square inches — including the frame. That’s about 1 square foot.
Some 145 works of art are on display through March 30 with entries from 10 different states, including Maryland, California and Kansas.
Haugland’s works are 8-inch-square acrylic paintings with seaside themes, including a coastal scene with a distant lighthouse.
Painting for a smaller canvas is challenging, particularly for someone who loves to paint in “a bold impressionist style,” she said.
But you can do a lot and don’t have to have a lot of space, Haugland said. It allows her to focus on color and composition.
“They’re just plain fun to do,” she said of the smaller pieces included in the show. “You’ve got so much freedom.”
You may have seen some of Tuthill’s work without ever knowing who created them. He works as a concept designer at Funko, the toy and collectibles company headquartered Everett, where he designs Pop! figurines.
He previously worked as a graphic designer. He took up painting in 2003 “mainly for my own satisfaction.”
Tuthill has two pieces in the show, both watercolors; one of a frog on lily pads and another of a hummingbird sipping nectar out of flowers — both are 5 by 7 inches.
The smaller pieces require more attention to detail and composition, he said. They also offer the public a chance to buy original art that’s a little more affordable, he said.
For those who would like to see more of his work, Tuthill has a watercolor composition, “Mr. Boo,” in the current “Pets on Parade” show at the Schack Art Center in Everett.
One of Harvey’s pieces in the “Small Works Show” is based on a scene at the Tulalip marina. Another is called “Relief.” “It’s almost abstract, kind of a fun vacation feeling,” she said.
Harvey said that she has painted in the realism style, but that now her works are more “a kind of expressionism.”
Harvey said she grew up in a family of artists and has been painting since she was 19. She previously worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. She said since she retired she’s become prolific with her painting. “It’s made me very happy,” she said.
She, too, has an acrylic painting in the Schack’s “Pets on Parade” show, titled “Black & White Collie.”
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or email@example.com.
If you go
Gallery North’s annual “Small Works Show” is on display through March 30. The gallery at 401 Main St., Edmonds is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 425-774-0946 or go to www.gallerynorthedmonds.com for more information.